The Digital Marketplace, which forms the “digital thread”, is expected to connect and drive future manufacturing supply chains. This marketplace will further drive rapid innovation, efficiency, and global collaboration. Cross-border policies and cooperation are needed to enable ecosystems of this scope and size.
Session Chair: Mr. Dan Nagy, Managing Director, Intelligent Manufacturing Systems
Session 1A: Fast Growing Economies
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Dr. Raúl Rendón, Director General of Innovation, Services and Domestic Trade, Ministry of Economy of Mexico
An Industry 4.0 Public Policy for supporting Mexico’s Manufacturing Digitalization
This presentation addresses the Mexican Federal Government efforts, under the leadership of the Undersecretary of Industry and Commerce, at the Secretary of Economy, to develop an “Industry 4.0 Public Policy” that could serve as a collaborative platform for dialog, alignment and prioritization at national level of the triple helix efforts in terms of strategic projects, actions and stakeholders towards a smart digitalization of the Mexican Manufacturing Industry. Such efforts include the promotion of the adoption of new advanced and smart manufacturing technologies in large, medium and small-sized enterprises, further improvement of the national ICT-infrastructure to enable industrial internet connectivity, education and training of current and future manufacturing workforce with new digital skills, and the development of a cybersecure environment, legal framework, for the prosperity of a Digital (Manufacturing) Economy.
Prof. Jinwoo Park, Director, Korea Smart Factory Foundation & Dept. of Industrial Engineering, Seoul National University, Korea
Smart Solutions Help Korean Manufacturing Companies to Transform into Smarter Factories
History of manufacturing industry in Korea is considerably short. Global companies such as Samsung Electronics started production in the early 1970s. Korea's small-and-medium-sized manufacturing companies have much shorter history and lack technology and management in all aspect. In line with the era of the 4th Industrial Revolution, the Korea Smart-factory Foundation (KSF) was established in 2015 to transform Korean manufacturing industries’ digitalization and is pursuing a number of projects. Fortunately, some very effective factory support solutions have been developed in Korea and they are helping manufacturing companies’ competitiveness. In this presentation, the activities of KSF and these smart solutions will be introduced. Because these solutions are inexpensive and easy to install, it is expected that they can be shared and used in global scale to cope with resource depletion and environmental problems as well.
Dr. Jwu-Sheng Hu, Deputy CEO, Smart Machinery Promotion Office & General Director, Mechanical and Mechatronics Systems Research Labs, ITRI, Taiwan
The Development of Smart Machinery Industry in Taiwan
Smart Manufacturing or Industry 4.0, in which digital technologies, IoT, cloud computing, etc. are applied to manufacturing systems, has been one of the primary tools among the industrialized countries for economy growth as well as a better usage of natural resources. By means of technology, components in machineries and production lines across the enterprises will be connected for data collection. And these data are processed and computed to maximize the productivity with minimized resources. During this presentation, there will be information, delivered and shared, covering the current status of machinery industry in Taiwan, the promotion activities to develop a smart machinery industry and the plans of implementation driving Taiwan's industry towards smart manufacturing for industrial transformation as a national goal.
Mr. Beeuwen Gerryts, Chief Director, Technology Localization, Beneficiation & Advanced Manufacturing, Department of Science and Technology, South Africa
R&D Led Interventions to help Restore Manufacturing in South Africa
South Africa is in a phase where manufacturing’s contribution to the economy has substantially declined, with the associated drop in employment and GDP growth. Government’s effort to help restore the level of manufacturing focus on, amongst others, on changing the structural base of the economy, to ensure more inclusive industrial ownership; expand industrial activity away from the strong reliance on minerals exports, and to help diversify the economy. In support of the above is a series of R&D projects aimed at positioning and helping to establish the industries of tomorrow, such as a building grass-roots and focused capability in additive manufacturing; minerals beneficiation, and science intensive programmes such as the Square Kilometre Array (SKA). This presentation will outline some of these interventions and how they help to prepare the loal capability and capacity to participate in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
Session Change (10 min) – Stand & Stretch
Session 1B: Developed Economies
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Europe's Manufacturing Future: Objectives of European Research and Innovation Policies
Research and innovation are key drivers of productivity and economic growth. With Horizon 2020, the 80-billion-Euro, seven-year research and innovation program, Europe has an attractive tool at its disposal capable of bringing together large and small industry, as well as academic researchers to collaborate on next-generation manufacturing technologies. Early findings from the mid-term assessment of the program show that efforts are already generating impact. A supporting policy framework called "Digitizing European Industry" aims to further create synergies between European and national initiatives toward Industry 4.0 goals.
Produktion 2030: Towards Sustainable and Competitive Manufacturing
Sweden is truly an industrialized country. The manufacturing and raw material industries make up close to 80% of Sweden’s exports and more than one million people (10%) are employed directly or indirectly by industry. Well-known companies are LKAB, SCA, AB Volvo; Scania, Atlas Copco, Sandvik and SKF. Sweden’s new industry strategy “Smart Industry” aims to increase sustainability and competitiveness in a high cost region. One of the mayor efforts within the strategy is a national platform for manufacturing: Produktion2030, which aims is to involve industry, academy and research institutes for a sustainable and competitive manufacturing industry in Sweden 2030. Although many large companies and institutions are very competitive on a global level, many challenges remain to obtain sustainable growth and new jobs. To fully grasp the opportunities of e.g. digitalization, automation and new materials, industry and research institutions need to make great leaps through innovation and education, Produktion2030 offers a large number of actions and tools necessary to increase competitiveness, sustainability, digitalization. Produktion2030 provides test-beds, pioneering education in engineering project funding and dissemination actions for SMEs. Furthermore, Produktion2030 drives a number strategic projects to accelerate the manufacturing industry’s entry into the digital age. Standardization, cyber security and a national platform for a “digital single market”.
Effective Support Mechanisms for SMEs on their Way to Digitization: Practical Tips, Experiences and Success Stories
The SME 4.0 Competence Centers for Digitization in Germany prepare the topics of digitization and networking for SMEs and offer practical help with the implementation. They are part of the funding initiative “Mittelstand 4.0 – Digital Production and Work Processes” from the German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy. At the moment there are more than 15 SME 4.0 Competence Centers based all across Germany. The Competence center in Dortmund has a focus on SMEs from the manufacturing sector. It offers 21 different supporting services and basic information on digitization topics, which are free for SMEs. This presentation will share experiences and show best practices on how SME 4.0 Competence Centers effectively supports SMEs on their way to digitization.
Building the Industrial Commons: Manufacturing USA and the New York Nano-Cluster
Recent research at Harvard Business School has underscored the need for an Industrial Commons, which is a place where companies large and small can cooperate with academia and each other to develop new technologies and new products. Work at the National Academy of Sciences has also illuminated the way other countries cooperate through, for example, the German Fraunhofer System or ITRI in Taiwan's Hinchu Park. This presentation will discuss the rationale for these public-private partnership's and the opportunity they provide for cooperative, applied research.